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Cops: Neighbor Thwarts Alleged South Brunswick Burglary

William Reed Credits: Police photo
Darryl Naughton Credits: Police photo

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The neighbor of a George’s Road resident is being credited in the arrest of two men who allegedly broke into the home Monday morning.

According to police, the unidentified neighbor became suspicious when they saw a SUV with its hood up parked in the driveway of a George’s Road home Monday morning.

The neighbor then called the resident of the home and asked if they were having any work done on the property.

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The homeowner said that no one was supposed to be at the home and then called police.

Officer Martin Halmi arrived at the home in three minutes and observed a man standing by the SUV, police said.

As Officer Halmi began questioning the man, he saw a second man exit the rear of the home with a jar full of change, police said.

Officer Halmi arrested William Reed, 42, of Old Bridge and Darryl Naughton, 28, of Whiting, charging each of them with burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

According to police, investigators determined that one of the men used to work in South Brunswick and was familiar with the area.

The men would allegedly drive around looking for homes to break into.

According to police, one man would stand by the truck and pretend to work on it while the other would break into the rear of the home by way of a window.

Police estimate that the men had only been at the home for about 10 minutes when officer Halmi arrived.

During  a search of the SUV, police recovered “numerous tools.”

Detectives are now trying to determine if the men were involved in any other crimes in the area.

Both are lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick, each in default of $50.000 bail.

"This is just the latest example of how our policing partnership with the community works so well,” Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said. “Time and time again it is our residents and community members being actively involved that stops crime. In this case it was a neighbor who cared to get involved followed by a quick response by police that stopped these suspects. I thank the resident for making the call and recognize Officer Halmi for his quick actions to catch these suspects.”

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